Lou Marsh Trophy

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Hockey player Wayne Gretzky has won the Lou Marsh Trophy four times, more than any other athlete.

The Lou Marsh Trophy, also known as the Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy[1] and Lou Marsh Award,[2][3] is a trophy that is awarded annually to Canada's top athlete, professional or amateur. It is awarded by a panel of journalists, with the vote taking place in December. It was first awarded in 1936. It is named in honour of Lou Marsh, a prominent Canadian athlete, referee, and former sports editor of the Toronto Star. Marsh died in 1936 and the trophy was named in his honour. The trophy is made of black marble and stands around 75 centimetres high. The words "With Pick and Shovel" appear above the engraved names of the winners.[2] The voting panel consists of eleven registered voters[4] including representatives from the Toronto Star, the Canadian Press, FAN590, the Globe and Mail, CBC, Rogers Sportsnet, CTV/TSN, La Presse and the National Post.[5]

The Trophy has been awarded 71 times and won by 60 individual athletes and three pairs. Wayne Gretzky has won the trophy four times, more than any other athlete, while Barbara Ann Scott has won the trophy three times, more than any other woman. It was not awarded from 1942 to 1944 due to World War II. There were ties between different athletes in 1978 and 1983. The most recent winner is Jon Cornish, a Canadian football running back who led the Calgary Stampeders to the best regular season record in the Canadian Football League and became the first Canadian to win the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in 35 years.[6]

Winners[edit]

Kurt Browning, 1990 winner
Donovan Bailey, 1996 winner
Jacques Villeneuve, 1995 and 1997 winner
Jamie Salé & David Pelletier, 2001 winners
Mike Weir, 2003 winner
Adam van Koeverden, 2004 winner
Steve Nash, 2005 winner
Sidney Crosby, 2007 and 2009 winner
Joey Votto, 2010 winner
Key
Year Winner Sport Win #
1936 Edwards, PhilPhil Edwards * Track and field 1
1937 Cleland, MarshalMarshal Cleland Equestrian 1
1938 Pearce, BobbyBobby Pearce Rowing 1
1939 Pirie, BobBob Pirie Swimming 1
1940 Cote, GerardGérard Côté * Marathon 1
1941 Dubois, TheoTheo Dubois Rowing 1
1942 None - -
1943 None - -
1944 None - -
1945 Scott, Barbara AnnBarbara Ann Scott Figure skating 1
1946 Krol, JoeJoe Krol * Canadian football 1
1947 Scott, Barbara AnnBarbara Ann Scott ^ Figure skating 2
1948 Scott, Barbara AnnBarbara Ann Scott ^ Figure skating 3
1949 Lumsdon, CliffCliff Lumsdon Swimming 1
1950 McFarlane, BobBob McFarlane Canadian football & track and field 1
1951 Streit, MarleneMarlene Streit Golf 1
1952 Genereux, GeorgeGeorge Genereux Shooting 1
1953 Hepburn, DougDoug Hepburn * Weightlifting 1
1954 Bell, MarilynMarilyn Bell ^ Swimming 1
1955 Whittall, BethBeth Whittall Swimming 1
1956 Streit, MarleneMarlene Streit ^ Golf 2
1957 Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard * Ice hockey 1
1958 Wheeler, LucileLucile Wheeler ^ Alpine skiing 1
1959 Barbara Wagner & Bob Paul Figure skating 1
1960 Heggtveit, AnneAnne Heggtveit ^ Alpine skiing 1
1961 Kidd, BruceBruce Kidd * Track and field 1
1962 Jackson, DonaldDonald Jackson Figure skating 1
1963 Crothers, BillBill Crothers Track and field 1
1964 Jackson, RogerRoger Jackson & George Hungerford Rowing 1
1965 Burka, PetraPetra Burka ^ Figure skating 1
1966 Tanner, ElaineElaine Tanner ^ Swimming 1
1967 Greene, NancyNancy Greene ^ Alpine skiing 1
1968 Greene, NancyNancy Greene ^ Alpine skiing 2
1969 Jackson, RussRuss Jackson * Canadian football 1
1970 Orr, BobbyBobby Orr * Ice hockey 1
1971 Filion, HervéHervé Filion Harness racing 1
1972 Esposito, PhilPhil Esposito * Ice hockey 1
1973 Hawley, SandySandy Hawley Horse racing 1
1974 Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins * Baseball 1
1975 Clarke, BobbyBobby Clarke * Ice hockey 1
1976 Hawley, SandySandy Hawley Horse racing 2
1977 Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur * Ice hockey 1
1978 Smith, GrahamGraham Smith Swimming 1
1978 Read, KenKen Read * Alpine skiing 1
1979 Post, SandraSandra Post ^ Golf 1
1980 Fox, TerryTerry Fox Marathon of Hope 1
1981 Nattrass, SusanSusan Nattrass Shooting 1
1982 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky * Ice hockey 1
1983 Hansen, RickRick Hansen[7] Wheelchair racing 1
1983 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky * Ice hockey 2
1984 Boucher, GaétanGaétan Boucher Speed skating 1
1985 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky * Ice hockey 3
1986 Johnson, BenBen Johnson * Track and field 1
1987 Johnson, BenBen Johnson * Track and field 2
1988 Waldo, CarolynCarolyn Waldo ^ Synchronized swimming 1
1989 Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky * Ice hockey 4
1990 Browning, KurtKurt Browning * Figure skating 1
1991 Laumann, SilkenSilken Laumann ^ Rowing 1
1992 Tewksbury, MarkMark Tewksbury * Swimming 1
1993 Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux * Ice Hockey 1
1994 Bedard, MyriamMyriam Bédard ^ Biathlon 1
1995 Villeneuve, JacquesJacques Villeneuve * Auto racing 1
1996 Bailey, DonovanDonovan Bailey * Track and field 1
1997 Villeneuve, JacquesJacques Villeneuve * Auto racing 2
1998 Walker, LarryLarry Walker * Baseball 1
1999 Brunet, CarolineCaroline Brunet Kayaking 1
2000 Igali, DanielDaniel Igali Wrestling 1
2001 Sale, JamieJamie Salé & David Pelletier Figure skating 1
2002 Doan, Catriona Le MayCatriona Le May Doan ^ Speed skating 1
2003 Weir, MikeMike Weir * Golf 1
2004 Van KoeverdenAdam van Koeverden Kayaking 1
2005 Nash, SteveSteve Nash * Basketball 1
2006 Klassen, CindyCindy Klassen ^ Speed skating 1
2007 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby * Ice hockey 1
2008 Petitclerc, ChantalChantal Petitclerc ^[5] Wheelchair racing 1
2009 Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby *[8] Ice hockey 2
2010 Votto, JoeyJoey Votto[9] Baseball 1
2011 Chan, PatrickPatrick Chan *[10] Figure skating 1
2012 Sinclair, ChristineChristine Sinclair ^[11] Soccer 1
2013 Cornish, JonJon Cornish[6] Canadian football 1

Winners by sport[edit]

Terry Fox, who was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy for the Marathon of Hope rather than participation in a sport in general, is not included in this table.

Wins Sport # of
Individuals
12 Ice hockey 8
9 Figure skating 7
7 Swimming 7
Track and field 6
5 Alpine skiing 4
4 Rowing 4
Football 4
Golf 3
3 Baseball 3
Speed skating 3
2 Kayaking 2
Shooting 2
Wheelchair racing 2
Auto racing 1
Horse racing 1
1 Basketball 1
Biathlon 1
Equestrian 1
Harness racing 1
Marathon 1
Synchronized swimming 1
Weightlifting 1
Wrestling 1
Soccer 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-12-11. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Sidney Crosby wins Lou Marsh award". Toronto Star. 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Sidney Crosby wins Lou Marsh Award". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  4. ^ Dave Perkins (2006-12-12). "Turin queen reigns in 2006". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Petitclerc wins 2008 Lou Marsh Award". The Sports Network. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  6. ^ a b "Stamps' Cornish wins Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Top Athlete". 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  7. ^ "Honoured members — Rick Hansen". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-12-11. [dead link]
  8. ^ The Canadian Press (2009-12-15). "Crosby beats out Kucera, Nash for Lou Marsh Award". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  9. ^ The Canadian Press (2010-12-14). "Votto wins Lou Marsh Award as Canada's athlete of the year". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  10. ^ The Toronto Star (2011-12-14). "Patrick Chan wins Lou Marsh award". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  11. ^ "Christine Sinclair wins Lou Marsh Award". 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 

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